The Henley College Applicant Information Pack September 2021

So, you’ve been inspired to come to The Henley College! We can't wait to welcome you. This is your Applicant Information Pack where you can find everything you need to know about your next steps in your journey with us. Further details and guidance about 'Your Future at The Henley College' can be found on our website.

To download a copy of our 2021 prospectus, please click here.

Student Application Process

Support for Students

Student Services are a friendly and approachable team who are located in D507. Student Services are a key part of the College offering help and guidance to students on a wide range of issues including: Careers Advice, Counselling, Finance, Higher Education Advice, Health Advice, Personal Problems and Transport. Student Services are dedicated to promoting and protecting the health and safety of our students.

COUNSELLING: We understand that there may be times when you would prefer to discuss confidential things with someone at College who isn’t a teacher or tutor. Your tutor may suggest that you talk to the College Counsellor, or you may decide for yourself to make an appointment. During these challenging times, students should be aware that they can access Childline to talk about anything. No problem is too big or too small.

COLLEGE NURSE: The NHS and Oxfordshire County Council provide free drop-in clinics offering confidential advice and support to students. A qualified nurse also provides advice and support in relation to any health issues, three days a week. Find out more here: College Nurse

PROFESSIONAL TUTOR: Your personal tutor, whom you will meet at the start of term, is likely to be your first point of contact for most things. This may range from answering questions as you settle into life at College, to providing guidance and support with your university or employment applications. They will also monitor your progress, attendance and communicate with your parents. You will meet for group tutorial once a week, where a wide range of relevant information and topics will be shared and explored. Your personal tutor will get to know you well and support you in all aspects of your College experience.

Entry Requirements

Specific Course and Interview Requirements

Level 3 Health & Social Care

To study the Extended Diploma Programme in Health & Social Care, prior to your interview, we require two personal references (because of the volume of placements on this course). These could be references from any related voluntary work/paid work/work experience with children/health and social care or, if not, two references from friends of the family. Please email these to admissions@henleycol.ac.uk.

For this course, you will need to acquire a DBS; this is a course requirement and the application will need to be completed at Enrolment. At Enrolment in August, you will need to bring with you 3 forms of ID and a payment card. On the course, you will spend 3 days a week in college and 1 day a week in industry placement. In total 315 hours of placement in Year 1 and 100 hours of placement in Year 2. If you have any questions, please contact June Hogan - jhog@henleycol.ac.uk and Amanda Rowe - arow@henleycol.ac.uk.

Level 3 Children's Play, Learning and Development

To study studying the Extended Diploma Programme in Children's Play, Learning and Development, prior to your interview, we require two personal references (because of the volume of placements on this course). These could be references from any related voluntary work/paid work/work experience with children/health and social care or, if not, two references from friends of the family. Please email these to admissions@henleycol.ac.uk.

Level 3 Music Performance and Production

Prior to your interview, please could you provide recorded evidence of your ability to sing or play an instrument. This can be via sound cloud or YouTube or a sound file over email. The clip needs to be around 2 minutes in length and be a solo performance. Please send all clips to Admissions@henleycol.ac.uk

Level 3 Performing Arts

Prior to your interview, please could you provide recorded evidence of your performance ability. This can be via sound cloud or YouTube or a sound file over email. The clip needs to be around 2 minutes in length and be a solo performance of a monologue of your choosing, a musical theatre song, or a film of your Dance skills (any style). Please send all clips to Admissions@henleycol.ac.uk

A Level Photography

A Level Photography at The Henley College is a 2 year course leading to a full A Level Qualification. The course is an enjoyable and rewarding experience for most students but it does require commitment outside lesson time. The grade awarded is based entirely on students coursework although there is a 15-hour controlled assessment at the end of the 2nd year. Assessment criteria can be found on the Eduqas website: www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/art-and-design/as-a-level/. During the 1st year, students complete an initial project and then move on to their assessed Component 1 coursework. This work is assessed at the end of the year to give students their end-of-year grade. Students must achieve a grade D or higher to continue into the 2nd Year. During the 2nd Year, students complete 2 projects. Components 1 is self-directed and represents 60% of the final grade. Component 2 is set by the exam board and represents 40% of the final grade. Students also need to complete a 2,000 word essay during he 1st term of the 2nd year as part of their Component One project. Students coursework is presented in sketchbooks which must be kept up-to-date and must be brought to every lesson. We expect students to spend 30 minutes each weekday evening working on their sketchbooks in order to keep up with their work. Students are also expected to plan and complete photographic shoots in their own time. We expect students to produce an average of one shoot each week during the Component 1 and Component 2 project. Staff run workshop sessions every Wednesday afternoon where students can ask for extra help, use the darkroom and studio facilities. Students who are falling behind will be expected to attend these sessions.

Students need a 35mm film camera with a working light meter and adjustable aperture and shutter speed settings. These can be bought from studentphotostore.co.uk and ffordes.com. Students can buy film and photographic paper from the college shop. Supplies can be paid for using The Henley College ParentPay. A Photography Materials Pack costing £42.00 contains five rolls of film, five negative sleeves and a box of 100 sheets of photographic paper. Contact us: Photography staff welcome any feedback from parents. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. George Bull: gbul@henleycol.ac.uk or Lillian Newman: lnew@henleycol.ac.uk. Prices can change depending on cost from our supplier. We will always do our best to ensure that students get the best deal with materials and always sell at cost price.

Level 3 Art and Design

If you have applied for our Level 3 Art and Design course, you will need to send photos of your portfolio prior to your interview to Admissions@henleycol.ac.uk.

Elite Sport

If you’re already playing at county level or above, and want to reach the pinnacle of your sport, then you may be suited to our Elite Sports Programme. As a college, we currently provide opportunities through this scheme in three sports - Rugby Union, Rowing, Football and Basketball. Our offering is further strengthened by proud partnerships with renowned professional Leander Club and Reading Rockets.

We are also pleased to have partnerships with Ealing Trailfinders & Henley Hawks to support our Rugby Union programme, as well as links with both Henley Town FC and Rotherfield United to aid the elite Football programme.

If you’re selected to join us, you’ll combine relevant academic study with professional coaching and training, and you’ll be with us from between six months and two years. You’ll study towards either a full A Level programme, or vocational equivalent, while taking full advantage of our first class facilities and professional coaching staff.

As an Elite Sports student at The Henley College, you’ll follow a bespoke performance programme, incorporating all aspects of technical and tactical coaching alongside physical conditioning and support. You will also have the opportunity to compete at the highest level of College Sport through our extensive fixtures and competition programme. This programme is demanding both physically and mentally, so only apply if you have a real commitment to your sport and academic studies.

Your coaches and teachers will have high expectations and will push you to achieve your academic and sporting potential on a daily basis. Past students have gone on to win Olympic medals, secure professional full-time contracts and obtain sporting scholarships at top universities, both at home and abroad.

The Elite Sports Programme at The Henley College has a proven track record in developing, well rounded, talented young athletes and acting as a stepping stone to progressing onto a higher level of education and sport.

Students will benefit from a bespoke programme, high-level coaching, performance targets, monitoring and feedback, mentoring and support, strength and conditioning, nutritional advice, physiotherapy support, competitions and tournaments and links with professional clubs.


  • Basketball: Please contact Ben Fisher (Reading Rockets) by emailing ben.fisher@readingrockets.co.uk.
  • Football: Please contact Tom Guy by emailing tguy@henleycol.ac.uk
  • Rowing: Please contact Sandra Wickens by emailing swic@henleycol.ac.uk
  • Rugby (including Girls Rugby): Please contact Tom Redfern by emailing tred@henleycol.ac.uk

Girls Rugby

The Henley College is delighted to announce that we are launching the Girls Rugby Performance Programme, starting in September 2021. This programme is aimed at aspirational players currently playing at County level, or at a centre of excellence group in year 11 who want to progress on to England Under 18s and Under 20s, and we provide the same opportunities as our Boys Rugby Performance Programme, with focus on performance coaching, Strengthening, Conditioning, Medical Support and Video analysis. After being involved with the Elite Programme, there is the potential to move on to the Ealing Trailfinder’s Academy Programme at Brunel University, or further opportunities including transitioning to the Henley Hawks Women’s team who play at championship level in Tier 2.

The Henley College has excellent facilities including a brand new fully equipped gym, and training grounds at the Henley Rugby Club as well as the College’s own pitches which have recently been used by the England Women’s under 20’s team for training. The Henley College offers a wide range of academic courses to study alongside the Performance Programme, to give students the best possible foundation for future success. Accommodation is also on offer for female players who live further afield.

We are looking for the female elite players of the future, so if that’s you then apply now!

Transport and Bursary

The majority of our students travel to The Henley College every day on public buses and trains as well as coaches subsidised by the college. There are numerous public bus routes with frequent services which connect Henley to local towns and villages, together with a railway station connecting Henley to Reading, Maidenhead, Slough, London and many other destinations via Twyford. For more information regarding transport routes, please visit the transport page on our website.

Financial concerns should not play a negative role in your decision to come to College. Any student in financial hardship is always welcome to talk to us and we will do our best to assist. For advice about support please refer to the bursary page of our website.

Contact Details

  • Admissions: admissions@henleycol.ac.uk or 01491 579988
  • Reception: info@henleycol.ac.uk or 01491 579988


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